Without even realizing it, you look down and you've ingested way too much coffee. You feel jittery, nervous and even scared. Will you have to live out the day in agony waiting for the caffeine to leave your body? necessarily. We've got a handful of caffeine antidotes to give a whirl the next time you find yourself in caffeine hell. Of course, the first thing we would recommend is to stay aware of what you're putting in your body.
You should know, though: Caffeine overdose can be a super serious situation that requires immediate medical attention, as any overdose would. Insomnia, nausea, depression, indigestion, hallucination, mania, sleep disorders, memory loss, irregular heart beat, frequent urination, diarrhea, nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, lack of concentration, muscle twitching and tremors are all effects of an overdose. You can feel if it's serious, in which case call your doctor or poision control.
What we're speaking to is more of an accidental extra dose or two. Caffeine is found in soft drinks, energy drinks, certain teas, chocolate products and most formidably in coffee and stimulants like vivarin, caffedrine, nodoz and the like. By stimulating your adrenal glands to produce adrenalin, caffeine puts your body in this "fight-or-flight" state, which is unhealthy in and of itself. In the long run, it can lead to more stress and lethargy, among a host of other health problems.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having overdone the caffeine, give one of our all natural antidotes a try. And then tell us which one worked for you!
- Try a magnesium supplement with 16 oz of water.
- Eat some of the green, purslane. It has loads of natural melatonin and is buffeted with healthful omega 3s. Get it at a well stocked produce section which caters to Mexicans or a Latin or Mediteranean specialty grocery store.
- Eat some whole wheat toast with smoked salmon on top, and keep your heart lubed from all those jitters.
- Drink a lot of water, get some vitamin C and take a melatonin (a natural hormone you can get at a drug store).
- Try drinking a glass of organic milk, a raw carrot (chew well) and a big glass of water.
- DON'T eat anything sweet, including fruit.
Check out our 5 Delicious Foods that Boost Energy and realize that a good dose of caffeine is not nature's only energy producer.